How one man survived his banking experience by out-tweeting, out-lasting and out-playing.
Recently a friend of mine took the problems he was having with his bank to social media.
Within a few hours, the bank was not only following him on Twitter but contacted him to resolve the situation. Why? He has a pretty good Klout score (the measure of your influence on social media). I'm sure they assessed the situation and concluded tangling with him would do more damage than good.
If he didn't have an influence on social media, the result likely would have been different. In fact, many companies are now reacting to customer complaints based on the influence they have on social media - true story!
Here is the link it's worth a read: http://www.mortgagebrokernews.ca/news/breaking-news/client--uses-twitter-to-challenge-td-mortgage/171418/
What's really interesting is the negative comments from readers of this publication (it's targeted toward mortgage brokers) who I'm sure are wary of more people doing this.
A couple lessons for all of us:
Tons of compost material - wasted in a landfill
It's hard to visit the landfill in Minden and drive by the tons of compost-able material that are dumped there. Soil in Haliburton County is poor to start with so it's hard to comprehend that someone would toss out something that could/should be useful to them or someone else. To make matters worse, this pile occupies a significant portion of the landfill site which in itself has a limited life span. The quicker it fills up, the quicker it shuts down.
Compost for the Food Crusade gardens
To keep our gardens growing (and not spend thousands on top soil/fertilizer, we compost EVERYTHING. We even bring in material from other areas so we have enough. It all goes into the gardens. The result? Great soil that can grow just about anything.
What can YOU do?
A load of hay from the HHOA
Thanks to the Haliburton Highland's Outdoors Association for donating a load of hay to the Food Crusade composting program. We will till it into our gardens and it will make great soil by spring. By the way, this is the second year that they have done this.
Over 200 Beetians, Karotovians have perished
Buggz Bunnay visits the disputed lands
Once again, fighters from Rabbitovia have crossed into the disputed lands of Foodcrusadia inflicting heavy damage on the agricultural lands and claiming over 200 Beetians and Karotovians - two of the larger population groups of Foodcrusadia.
The UN and allies on both sides have been petitioning the two groups for calm. Fears are growing that the conflict will escalate into civil war and claim many more on both sides.
President of FoodCrusadia, John Teljeur, called the attacks "unprovoked" and warned it's neighbour such attacks would be met with "severe, all out retaliation".
The President of Rabbitovia, Buggs Bunnay, claimed that it is their nation's right to have access to the rich agricultural belt citing that these lands were theirs well before Foodcrusadia existed. "This land is ours and everything on it. Those that occupy this land are tresspassers on our soveriegnty." Bunnay countered.
Things have been peaceful, although tense, between the two groups until the spring of this year, when the attacks began.
Foodcrusadia was also attacked this year by Potatobug Freedom fighters, a terrorist group with ties to Rabbitovia. The attacks were repelled but not before the fighters inflicted massive damage on the disputed agricultural and commercial centre of Foodcrusadia. It is estimated that thousands of freedom fighters were killed when President Teljuer ordered massive airstrikes against them.
Hopes are that both sides will come to the table to attend peace talks, called by the UN, later this week.